55 Carl Rider
55 Carl Rider
Height: 6-2
Weight: 217
Year: R-Jr.
Hometown: Suwanee, Ga.
High School: North Gwinnett
Position: LB

2013 — First team All-Southern Conference honors in balloting by league media...totaled a team leading 136 tackles in his first season as a starter...ranked first in the league in tackles and second in tackles/game (9.7)...got the nod in at strong side linebacker in all 14 games....helped lead Furman to an 8-6 record, SoCon championship, and NCAA FCS playoff appearance...team finished ranked 21st in final FCS Coaches Poll...tallied eight tackles for-loss and two sacks...also added two fumble recoveries and an interception...registered seven double-digit tackle performances, including a season high 16-tackle outing against Chattanooga...effort versus UTC also included two sacks...credited with 12 stops against Wofford (27-14 win) that clinched Furman’s league best 13th SoCon crown...had a four-yard interception return versus 13th-ranked LSU...named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll.  2012 — Contributed as a true freshman, seeing action in all 11 games, primarily as a member of special teams and a reserve linebacker as the season progressed...credited with 18 tackles...tallied a season high six tackles against Western Carolina (45-24 win)...had his biggest impact game against Appalachian State, recording five tackles and a fumble recovery, which he returned 27 yards for a second half touchdown...fumble recovery return for a TD was the first of two for Furman in 2013, with the other, a 95-yard return by Marcus McMorris, coming the following week against Elon (31-17 win)...named to SoCon Academic Honor Roll.

High School:  2012 graduate of North Gwinnett (5A) High School, where he was a football teammate of Furman wide receiver Chad Scott...football coach was Bob Sphire...played linebacker and also saw duty as a long snapper...totaled 182 tackles over his three-year career, helping North Gwinnett to a 21-0 region record, three consecutive region crowns, and state playoff appearances, and 34-5 overall record during that span...recipient of 2011 Gwinnett Touchdown Club Scholar-Athlete Award...two-time area wrestling champion and three-time state medalist.

Personal: Full name is Carl Wesley Rider...born June 16, 1993, in Honolulu, Hawaii...mother Loni Metter and father Kirk Rider...has five sisters:  Kayla, Cassidy, Lindsey, Annie, and Nicki...father played football at United States Merchant Marine Academy...undeclared major.